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Flap-neck & Jackson’s Chameleon

Scientific Name: Flap-neck: Chamaeleo dilepis
Jackson’s: Chamaeleo jacksonii
Lifespan: Up to 5 years
Size: Body:4” Tail:4”
Diet:Insectivore
Handling Ease:Fair

FOOD

  • A Flap-neck or Jackson’s chameleon hunt solely by sight; they must be fed live (vs. canned) insects. Their diet should consist of:
    • 100% appropriately sized* insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms), fed daily
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets and superworms.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20 high tank with screen cover [for babies] OR a screen enclosure [for adults].10 gallon tanks are not recommended because they do not provide the adequate thermal gradient.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • 50w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 83°- 88°)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Lots of artificial plants/vines
  • A branch or climbing platform
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • All chameleons should be misted at least twice daily.

Behavior/Handling

  • Chameleons are best housed individually (even pairs should only be housed together for breeding purposes). Chameleons housed together may stress each other out.
  • Chameleons rarely bite, but may mouth “gape” when feeling threatened.
  • They are highly susceptible to stress, so handling should be kept to a minimum.
  • Chameleons will change color when regulating their temperature, when mating, or when stressed.